The stern of the Pendleton. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard
Disney has just release its first trailer from its new film The Finest Hours, based on the remarkable true story of “the greatest small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history.”
The film tells the story of the SS Pendleton, a 10,448 gross ton “T2” tanker which broke in half during a fierce nor’easter while off the coast of Cape Cod on February 18, 1952.
Of the 41 crew members onboard when the tanker broke up, (spoiler alert) 32 survivors were rescued by the four-man crew of a 36-foot motor lifeboat after the stern section of the Pendleton ran aground in Chatham, MA. The nine crew who lost their lives included eight who were stuck in the forward section of the tanker when it broke and the ship’s cook, the last one off the vessel, who was tragically (and horrifically) killed after falling into the water during transfer to the lifeboat.
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